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Al Green, George Benson Headline 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY PDF Print
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
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Rev. Al Green

Legendary soul and gospel singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Al Green will make his first appearance at the 30th Annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 24. Green, whose career spans four decades, is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest soul singers of our time.

Green became a household name in the 1970s after a number of celebrated hits including, "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Still in Love with You," topped the charts. In the ensuing years, Green had seven number one albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the US alone. Yet, at the height of his career, personal tragedy propelled Green into ministry - a commitment that would take him away from R&B and popular music for many years.


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29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30-September 2, 2007 PDF Print
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Sunday, 17 June 2007
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Herbie Hancock
The City of Chicago is proud to announce the lineup for the 29th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30-September 2, 2007. The festival begins with a ticketed concert at the Chicago Symphony Center on August 30 and then moves to Grant Park for three days of free music, August 31-September 2, 2007.

Opening night will feature An Evening with Herbie Hancock beginning at 7:30p.m. This Academy Award and multiple Grammy ® Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago is known for incorporating elements of rock, funk and soul into his songs. Ticket prices range from $16 to $46 and are available at the Chicago Symphony Center box office (312) 294-3000 or on www.cso.org .

Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2, all are invited to join the festivities in Grant Park FREE music on three stages. The event opens daily at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon on the Jazz on Jackson stage and 12:30 p.m. at the Jazz and Heritage Family Stage. Then at 5 p.m., music lights up the night at the Petrillo Music Shell for three evenings of spectacular Jazz performances, tributes and entertainment for any fan of Jazz music to enjoy.
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Mose Allison Headlines 13th Annual Lansing Old Town JazzFest, August 3rd and 4th PDF Print
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007

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Mose Allison © Andrea Canter
 
LANSING, Mich. (June 13, 2007) – The 13th annual Lansing Old Town JazzFest, which is put on annually by the Old Town Business & Art Development Association (OTBADA),  will be held this year from Aug. 3-4. The 2007 JazzFest will feature an international jazz sensation as well as local favorites for an eclectic jazz blend sure to please any music enthusiast.

Mose Allison, this year’s headliner, began playing jazz at the age of five in Tippo, Miss. Looking to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Nat Cole for inspiration, his style marries jazz with rustic blues, carried by his clever and sometimes humorous lyrics. His works have been covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, The Who, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, who dedicated an entire album to his songs.


Allison is internationally known but is especially well-received in England, where UK’s Time Out said, “Mose Allison’s popularity in the UK dates from the ‘60s, when his mixture of Delta-born blues feel and his gift for writing a song with a sting in the tail made him a prime source of inspiration for the UK’s new generation of blues/rock artists.”  Allison can add Grammy nominee to his long list of accolades, of which he was recently recognized for his album Mose Chronicles, Live in London, Vol. I on Blue Note Records.

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Twin Cities Jazz Festival Kicks Off in St Paul, June 22-23 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
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Kenny Garrett © Andrea Canter
The schedule might seem pared back a bit this year but the quality of the music will more than compensate when the Twin Cities Jazz Festival kicks of at Mears Park in downtown St. Paul on Friday evening, June 22. With local and national acts spread over Friday evening and much of Saturday, the Summit Brewery Stage will cover much of the wide spectrum of modern jazz. The name of the festival may no longer be “Hot”—but the music will sizzle. And all Mears Park events are free!

Friday, June 22

6:30 pm, Irv Williams Quartet. What better opening act than Minnesota’s own Mr. Smooth? At 87 (nearing 88!), Irv is one of the living treasures of local music. Raised in Cincinnati and Little Rock, Williams first performed in the Twin Cities as a clarinet and sax player with the Navy during Word War II. Turning down invitations to play with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, he stayed in the Twin Cities, although his vita includes stints with Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, and Billy Eckstein. Here at home, Irv has played at every jazz venue, past and present, including the old Flame Bar where he was often back to back with such stars as Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, and Johnny Hodges. Retire? No chance, as Irv has demonstrated with three new CDs in the past three years! Joining Irv will be very special guest, pianist Jon Weber, who has become the “house” pianist for the festival over the past five years. Also on the bandstand, local legends Gordy Johnson on bass and Kenny Horst on drums. Let the music begin!

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Litchfield Jazz Festival August 3, 4, 5 PDF Print
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Wednesday, 06 June 2007
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Matt Wilson © Andrea Canter
The 12th Annual Litchfield Jazz Festival will be held on August 3, 4, 5 at the Goshen Fairground in Northwest Connecticut. This year’s line-up is a salute to jazz orchestras featuring the Mingus Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra with Nnenna Freelon, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Carla Bley and much more. With past performers like Dave Brubeck, Eartha Kitt, Dionne Warwick and Diana Krall, it’s no wonder the Litchfield Jazz Festival was recently nominated for two Festie Awards by MelodyTrip.com. A long-time festival attendee called it “a most mellow and tasty event,” and Dave Hershorin of New Orleans Radio said, “Litchfield really is what other jazz festivals wish they could be…a true gem.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, August 3, with a gala “Friends of the Festival” party, with music provided by outstanding students of Litchfield Jazz Camp and hors d'oeuvres by Jordan Caterers. The party is followed by a performance by two-time Grammy Award Winner and NEA Jazz Master, trombonist Slide Hampton. Up next is the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Six-time Grammy Award nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.
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Vision Festival XII June 19-24 in New York PDF Print
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Friday, 01 June 2007
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Arts for Art presents Vision Festival XII, celebrating "A Dozen Years Of Visionary Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Film And Visual Arts." The world's premier avantJazz festival will take place from June 19, 2007 - June 24, 2007, once again at the beautiful Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan's Lower East Side. This year's festival is the most ambitious Vision yet, featuring a global cast of avantJazz giants from New York, Chicago and around the world. The centerpiece of the festival will be a Lifetime Achievement Celebration for legendary trumpeter, Bill Dixon, who will compose a new piece for the Sound Vision Orchestra to be premiered at the festival on Wednesday, June 20. Founded in 1996, the Vision Festival has become the most successful artist-organized festival in the history of Jazz. We remain dedicated to presenting the finest creative artists, whose work demonstrates a disciplined disregard for traditional boundaries.

Highlights of the 2007 Vision Festival include newly commissioned works by William Parker, Bill Dixon, and Roy Campbell (with support from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors), and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (commissioned by Chamber Music America), as well as performances by Fieldwork, Spiritual Unity featuring Marc Ribot (with special guest Henry Grimes), Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Hamid Drake, Matthew Shipp Solo, Louis Moholo and Friends, T.E.C.K. String 4tet, Fred Anderson Trio, Amiri and Amina Baraka, Tim Berne, Ganelin Trio Priority, and much, much more. There will also be a special memorial tribute to the violinist Leroy Jenkins, featuring 50 violins under the direction of Billy Bang and Jason Kao Hwang. The full schedule follows.

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